A smile is the most universally understood form of body language. Smiling is something that is understood by everyone, regardless of culture, race, or religion; it is internationally known. Cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world.
A smile is a facial expression that denotes pleasure, sociability, happiness and amusement. It makes a person likeable and more approachable. A smile has great social rewards. Have you ever noticed how some people have the power of walking into a room and lighting it up with their smiles?
A smile improves your appearance greatly. We are drawn to people who smile. The most plain-looking woman too, can look beautiful when she smiles. And especially if the smile is genuine and coming from the heart it can create magic. A smile can break barriers, win you friends and even diffuse the most tense situations.
A smile is almost contagious. Smiling raises your spirits and makes other people around you happy. It is a very powerful expression. When someone smiles at you, you feel good, your mood improves and you smile in return at the next person you meet, thus setting off a chain reaction.
While smiling is perceived as a positive emotion most of the time, there are many cultures that perceive smiling as a negative expression. Too much smiling can be viewed as a sign of shallowness or dishonesty. Japanese people may smile when they are confused or angry. In other parts of Asia, people may smile when they are embarrassed. Some people may smile at others to indicate a friendly greeting. A smile may be reserved for close friends and family members. Many people in the former Soviet Union area consider smiling at strangers in public to be unusual and even suspicious behaviour. Americans smile freely at strangers in public places. In some cultures a smile is frequently used to cover emotional pain.
A smile can say much more than words can. Haven’t you heard a smile is the only curve that can make things straight. Smiles create trust and instant rapport.
Smiling comes naturally to some people while others have to practice to cultivate the habit.
Some tips about smiling to keep in mind:
- Smile more often
- Smile from your heart
- Let your smile be genuine
- Let the smile reach your eyes
- Smile when you feel good
- Smile when you feel blue, it will make you feel good
- Smile for the right reasons
- Maintain good oral hygiene to make your smile attractive
Smiling has health benefits, too:
- Smiling relieves stress
- Smiling improves your immune system
- Smiling improves your mood
- Smiling generates a feeling of well being
Types of Smiles
A smile can communicate a million different things depending on the context and type of smile. Though a smile is generally accepted to mean the person is happy, there are many more hidden meanings.
Tight Lipped Smile: The lips are pressed together and forming a smile. It can be short or wide. In both cases the meaning is quite the same. The person can be happy but restraining himself, or not completely showing his feeling or thoughts.
Smirk: This is a funny one, smirking is when someone displays two different emotions on their face. A smirk is a smug, self-satisfied smile. Usually it’s a sign of sarcasm, embarrassment, or cynicism. Avoid this kind of smile.
Shy Smile: With the head turned slightly downwards and facing away while looking upwards and holding a tight lipped smile, making the person look more innocent, playful and secretive.
Teeth Display: This a whole-hearted wide smile coming straight from the heart. It makes one appear happier, friendlier and therefore more likable amongst others and easier to approach.
So girls, go out there, smile and conquer the world!
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